Teacher Week- Classroom Tour Update *PHOTO OVERLOAD*

I can't put in to words the craziness of this week. I know you'rew teachers, so you totally get what I'm sayin'. Words just don't cut it.
I've been on over.load for the past 2 weeks...10 hour days...
I finally feel like I can breathe a little easier.

 I knew we were having professional development 3 out of the 5 days during pre-planning last week so I had to get a head start! And boy am I glad I did! I wouldn't have been ready if I hadn't. I don't know who can put together a classroom in 2 days?!? 
Luckily, I have an AMAZING team of teachers friends to help keep me sane.
It's Saturday and I spent 4 hours this morning finishing up loose ends and I still have a to-do list!!! I felt a little better knowing I wasn't the only teacher there today...half my team was right there with me. I just had to feel caught up before the first day of school, hence the 4 hour Saturday sprint.
I've gotten quite a few requests for updated classroom pictures. I'll be honest, I'd like to say my room is finished...and to some, it may look finished...but there's still a to-do list in my head. There's always a to-do list in my head. And, I'm a perfectionist to a fault so I don't think I'll ever be TRULY finished.

Regardless of my craziness, to please all my sweet followers who have asked so kindly... here's my "finished" room. This does not reflect the work I did today...or the hour before school on Monday that I'll be putting up the remainder of ideas I have floating around in my head this weekend.

If you're interested in the "before" pictures- click here.

Here's the front door area...complete with a pinterest inspired quote wall...which makes me smile every stinkin' time I look at it. :)
You can grab your favorite quotes here.

I had to create my own cubbies this year...furniture is scarce around our school. I made these using milk crates from Wal-Mart and I zip tied them together...well, Mr. Hubs zipped tied them together actually. I also found some at Target but they didn't have the ability to snap together like the Wal-Mart version.
Plus, these ones matched my colors so I that made me happy.

My transportation chart above is hanging down the side of our class mailboxes...and my storage shelves.
To the right of the door is this sweet thang...
It needs a CAMEO addition for sure...like I said, my never ending to-do list ;)

I live in, what I endearingly refer to as, Portable Land and our rooms don't come with bulletin boards. I'm sure that made a ton of sense to someone.
Ya know, come to think of it... I wish I could meet that person. 
But I digress.
I snatched this "corky" guy up from Target's clearance isle! Fits perfectly  by the door and it matched my theme- SOLD!

While at Target, I swung by the Dollar Spot {what normal person doesn't} and picked up a hamper...which will hold my class set of umbrellas perfectly. Portable Land is not connected our main building by any type of covering so you can imagine how much fun it will be taking 18- 7 year olds to music in the rain.
Like I said, it made sense to someone.
Yep, those are polka dot rain boots. I sport them around school. I'm cool like that. ;)

Moving on...
Word wall and writing workshop just to the right of the door.
Library cove next to that.
I got that plant for Meet Your Teacher my first year. It was so little back then.
I think now it needs a name.
A volunteer cut about 6 inches off at the end of last year so she could start her own plant at home.
 I couldn't watch her do it...it hurt my heart.

Call me crazy.

Go ahead.

I know it's not normal to have emotional attachments to plants.

Moving on...
My sink area is behind the book shelf.
It's not usually that dark back there- the light is out.
I flipped a metal cabinet sideways next to the sink so I could use the magnetic surface for my {unfinished} schedule. Plus, it's close to my small group table so I was able to display our data charts for easy referral during reading and math workshops.
Aren't those purple cords bea.ut.i.ful? Yeaaaa...

Ignore the papers on the table. They're put away now.

That's our bathroom door/teacher closet on the right.

Behind the small group table, the back of the room looks like this...
Not my favorite wall.
It's kinda sad boring.
I gotta find something to spruce it up.
I'm thinking tissue paper pom-poms??

Anyway, to the right of the {out of order} student computers, is my desk. I
 can't photograph it...it's not yet presentable.
I love ya'll...but...
That would be too much dirty laundry out to dry for one day...just sayin'.
 I can show you this though...
 My chevron binders are ready to go and my Container Store find fits perfectly on my bookshelf! I just have to remember to label them!!
Here's the view from my desk area/back of the room...
You can't see the left wall from that picture...but here you can see half of it.
It started out as a white board but whoever decided that it made sense not to put bulletin boards out in Portable Land, also though it would be a good idea to not put magnetic white boards out there either, so that one quickly got covered with fabric. The other one? Well...it's white. The end.

Here's a better shot...
I used frog tape to separate the subjects. Have you heard of it? It's sold next to the painter's blue tape. L.O.V.E
Attaches perfectly to fabric and it is easily adjustable with no residue!
Just to the right of this board is our whole group/ class meeting area.
I bought the tall white bookshelf at Target to keep my teaching goodies close by.
Ignore the empty calendar...it got a frog tape makeover today. I'll have to snap a picture so you can see the before and after...it looks so much better now, I think.

Well... that brings you full circle, folks!

Monday is the first day with little humans! Pray it doesn't rain. ;)
Anyone else starting Monday?


  1. Your room looks great. I'm having a classroom photo linky party. You should link up.

    Swimming into Second

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    1. Thanks my dear...yours is pretty FAB too!!


  3. Wow! Your portable looks great! I taught 5th grade in a portable (so I get it) but I didn't have a sink and yours looks much bigger! Mine felt like a boxcar with dingy windows with big 5th grade bodies! :)
    Have a great first day!

    A Pirates Life for Us

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    1. Thanks Sara!! Hey-btw, did you know you're a noreply?? I can never email you back... :(


  5. I've taught at schools with portables-they are not fun in the rainy weather & they can be super-squishy with all the kids/teachers. I love how your room looks-it's so bright & cheerful!

  6. Your room looks great! I love the quote wall. I've been wanting to do one. Where did you get the frames?
    Teachin' First

  7. Your room looks fantastic. I love the posters in the frames. Kids will love looking and reading those.

    The Teaching Thief

  8. Best looking portable I've seen!!!! Looks awesome!
    Thanks for linking up!

    Beg, Borrow, Steal

  9. Your room looks great! I would have never know it is a portable from your pics. It looks much larger than most portables I've seen. I'd love for you to visit my room and come by to enter my giveaway for free owl posters.

    Teaching Fourth

  10. Your room looks awesome! I love the quote wall and how clever to create your own cubbies with milk crates! LOVE! Found your blog on the Blog Hop and I'm your newest follower! Would love you to check out my page Sent From My iPad.

  11. Your room looks great...I'm not nearly that close to done. I have kiddos on Monday too!

    Terri Izatt

  12. LOVED getting to see your room! Your carpet area is so stinkin' cute. I heart your rug (I am in the market for a new one . . . can ya tell)??!! Here's to a great year :)

    Kelley Dolling
    Teacher Idea Factory

  13. Wow! Such a cute room!! I literally said, "wow!" when I saw that quote wall. Did it just take you hours and hours to make them? I would love to have such an inspiring wall like that too someday! :) Yes, where did you get your cute rug? It would totally fit in my green room :) Please check out my new blog if you have time! Thanks!


    Mrs. P.'s Sweet Peas

  14. Oh my goodness!! I can relate to everything, thanks for sharing. I "get" to move back to the portables this upcoming school year, and now I have tons of ideas!

  15. I'm in my 12th year in a portable ... which we call trailer town. I'm that someone, somewhere and I'm here to tell you it can be worse: yup, wood paneling walls worse. No bathroom worse.Not even a sink. Don't like your non-magnetic dry erase? Me neither, but my second board is a chalk board -- that has been waxed so that it doesn't even work with chalk. I'm lucky mine is black. My portable mates is dark (ugly) green and another teacher has a magnetic one ... but it is brown. Who ever heard of a brown chalkboard? But to tell you the truth, we love it in trailer town, we feel like rebels and never get principal walk throughs on rainy days.
    Have a fabulous year.

  16. where did you get the pictures for the colorful quotes?? I want to hang them on the wall in my daughters room!

  17. Where are your book bins from in your library? Are they from the dollar tree? Are the dimensions the 12 by 7 by 8? Trying to find some mine can fit in! Thanks!

  18. How did you attach the fabric to the chalkboard? It all looks perfect and makes me believe that I can transform my portable into something great.

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